Why is the mask / face covering mandate in place?

The CDC recommends that in communities like Brookings, where there is significant community-based transmission, all individuals cover their noses and mouths with a mask / face covering to prevent spreading COVID-19. We know people with COVID-19 may not show symptoms and can still spread the virus to others. Research indicates wearing a mask / face covering can significantly reduce the spread. We have made progress slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community, but most people do not have immunity to the disease and remain susceptible. As a community, a surge of new cases could make many more people ill and overwhelm our health care system’s ability to treat those with serious complications of the disease and non-COVID related emergencies.

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1. South Dakota Department of Health FAQ Guide
2. What is COVID-19?
3. How does COVID-19 spread?
4. What are the symptoms?
5. When do I seek medical evaluation and advice?
6. How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
7. How is COVID-19 treated?
8. Why is the mask / face covering mandate in place?
9. Am I required to wear a mask / face covering?
10. Who should get tested for COVID-19?
11. How do I get a test for COVID-19?
12. Should I get tested for COVID-19?
13. What is a quarantine and why is it used?
14. Is quarantine different from isolation?
15. How does self-quarantine work?
16. Can people in self-quarantine still have contact with their household members?
17. What should I do if I get sick or someone in my household gets sick?
18. When should I seek emergency medical attention?
19. What should I do if I have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
20. How can I prepare for an outbreak?
21. How can I prepare for COVID-19 at work?
22. How can I support local businesses during this time?
23. What mental health resources are available to help cope with COVID-19?